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Specticast Announces New Content Partner: The Curtis Institute of Music


PHILADELPHIA (September 4, 2009) – SpectiCast has announced a new content partnership with the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia's world-renowned conservatory on Rittenhouse Square. SpectiCast, a Philadelphia company broadcasting live, professionally directed and produced events to Multi-Viewer Venues™ using a proprietary digital video technology, will add several Live from Curtis programs to its Music Collection in the 2009-10 season.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Curtis Institute of Music as a new content partner," said Derek Pew, Chairman of SpectiCast. "Curtis offers our viewers a wide range of virtuosic performances by some of the finest young talent in the world." Live from Curtis will capture the unique and intimate atmosphere of Curtis, where a distinctive "learn by doing" educational approach prompts more than 130 public performances each season. Since the school's founding in 1924, this philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Jennifer Higdon, Hilary Hahn, Lang Lang, and Time for Three. The Live from Curtis series will include a mix of Curtis performances, including chamber music, opera excerpts, and orchestral selections.

"Curtis welcomes this unique opportunity to offer its music to new venues nationwide through SpectiCast's state-of-the-art video technology," said Roberto Díaz, President and CEO of Curtis. "We’re proud of our superb student performers, and delighted to bring their enthusiasm for music-making to a broader audience."

SpectiCast broadcasts cultural arts and entertainment content to Multi-Viewer Venues™: locations with a standard broadband Internet connection, a television, a sound system, and seating for multiple spectators. SpectiCast offers programming in Standard Definition and High Definition format. The company's goal is not to replicate the in-person experience of going to see a live performance, but to offer a new experience for audiences who are not able to travel to see live cultural events such as orchestra and opera performances, musicals, theater productions, and celebrity and author speaking engagements.

To showcase its new life-enrichment concept, SpectiCast broadcast its first nationwide event on Friday, June 5: a live performance of Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit. Several thousand viewers in over two dozen locations throughout the country participated in such venues as assisted living facilities, independent care facilities, and continuing care retirement communities. SpectiCast recently announced its first offering under the Speaker Collection, which will showcase the highly successful Author Event Series from the Free Library of Philadelphia. In addition to senior care facilities, SpectiCast will also broadcast events this fall to universities and community theaters.

About SpectiCast
Based in Philadelphia, SpectiCast broadcasts live cultural arts and entertainment events, never before available, through its private digital network to Multi-Viewer Venues™ including assisted living facilities, independent care facilities, and continuing care retirement communities. The company offers the highest quality digital television audio-visual experience via the Internet in the comfort, convenience and safety of private auditoriums, theaters, and living rooms. For more information on SpectiCast, please visit

About the Curtis Institute of Music
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers at the highest professional level. One of the world's leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 160 students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise, A Curtis education is tailored to the individual student, with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and unusually frequent performance opportunities. For more information on the Curtis Institute of Music, please visit

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